Facts & Statistics
Primary Areas with Nightlife
- Baltimore City: Bourbon Street, Federal Hill, Fells Point, and Inner Harbor.
- Ellicott City: Old Ellicott City area
- Washington, D.C.: Adams Morgan
Other Places to Check Out
- Cacao Lane
- Center Court
- An Die Musik
- The Judges Bench
- Little Morocco
- No Way Jose Café
- Phoenix Emporium
- Power Plant Live!
- The Reserve
- Ryleighs Brew Pub
National Bohemian: This beer, known as "Natty Boh," was originally brewed in Baltimore. It is a popular beer choice for students. For a time, the company was owned by National's President Jerold Hoffberger, who also owned the Baltimore Orioles. Natty Boh became Baltimore's official beer in the 1960s.
Useful Resources for Nightlife
- Campus newspaper
- Informational pamphlets around campus
2 a.m. in Baltimore and 3 a.m. in Washington, D.C.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Penguins Fine Food & Spirits
and Diamondback Tavern after midnight.
The Student Event Boards puts on a variety of different concerts and open mic nights for students. Popular events are the Persian Student Association's annual party for Persian New Year, Bhangra Night, and the Jewish Student Union's Chanukah party. All of these these cultural events attract various students.
Did You Know?
- UMBC students are very musically talented and often play in the area's local music scene.
- Fishbowl (college night) at Fish Head Cantina is often sponsored by UMBC clubs and organizations. A regular sponsor is the rugby team.
- A popular event each year is Quadmania, a festival hosted by UMBC's Student Events Board. This week of events includes a carnival and concerts. Past artists have included Girl Talk, T-Pain, Third Eye Blind, and Wale.
- Flat Tuesdays, the on-campus bar, hosts Trivia Night from 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday.
- Most clubs in D.C., Baltimore, and Ellicott City allow 18-year-olds to enter.
Club ListingsWhat's This?
Rams Head Live!
Rams Head Live is another concert venue that often brings in well-known bands, in addition to local bands. It is a medium-sized venue that holds more people than other places, like Ottobar or Sonar.
Ottobar has a concert venue in the downstairs area and a pool table and DJ on the second floor. Ottobar is generally open until 2 a.m. every day and brings in a great variety of local and independent bands from both the national and international scenes.
Ultra Bar and Lounge has five floors offering four music experiences. It is 18 to party and 21 to drink and is open Thursdays through Saturday from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. There is an open bar Thursday and Friday from 9 to 10 p.m., and ladies get in free on Fridays.
Sonar, open Wednesday through Sunday, brings in an array of local and national artists and DJs and a series of independent artists. Well-known national artists, such as Matisyahu, also play at Sonar. Sonar offers something for everyone, whether you're looking for a family-oriented concert or a night of nonstop dancing. Most shows are all-ages, unless specifically mentioned.
Lima Restaurant & Lounge
The high standards of quality applied to the fine dining at Lima are also applied to the bar, lounge, and patio. The lounge features cozy furnishings, a 40-foot bar, a pumping sound system, and LCD projectors. It is open until 2 a.m. on weeknights and 3 a.m. on weekends. This is a place where you come dance, relax, or just have a nice chat.
Fish Head Cantina
Fish Head Cantina offers dining, a club night, and concerts. Tuesday is open open mic night, where everyone gets in free, and Thursday is DJ dance night. On the weekend, Fish Head becomes a concert venue, hosting Baltimore's best bands. The price of beer on the weekends (starting at 9 p.m.) is an amazing $1.
The 9:30 Club is a concert venue that brings in nationally acclaimed bands from different genres, from indie to pop. It is a small, cozy venue, and unlike at other concerts, you will not feel like one in a crowd of a million.
Latin Palace is the place to come if you enjoy Latin American music or dancing (or want to learn). Salsa lessons are given Wednesday through Friday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. You don't need a reservation, and each lesson is $10. There is a 50 percent discount if you eat dinner in Restaurante Las Palmas, located in the upstairs area of the club.
Fur is a nightclub designed to impress. Its 30-foot high ceilings and luxurious lounge area will make anyone feel like a VIP. It is open on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bar ListingsWhat's This?
La Palapa Grill and Cantina
La Palapa Grill and Cantina offers the best high-quality Mexican food, but it also has some great drink specials. Half-price pitchers of margaritas and sangria are offered on Monday, Ladies Night is Tuesday, and there are some great happy hours. There is also mariachi music on Fridays and Saturdays. This is a cozy place to get drinks and a nice meal.
Penguins Fine Food & Spirits
Penguins has great food and drinks at affordable prices, so it is a great place for college students. Many local bands play here, and there are also pool tables and video games.
1065 Maiden Choice Ln.
Pure Wine Café
This café will satisfy any wine lover's taste buds. There is also a variety of food at affordable prices.
This on-campus bar for 21+ students is open Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Fridays from 4 p.m. to midnight. It is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Student organization can host a variety of events in the lower level of the bar.
Ale Mary's features fine ales, fine wines, and fine times in Fells Point. There is a nice variety of beers and a great menu (Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding!).
The Diamondback Tavern
The Diamondback has high-quality food and drinks. There is trivia every Tuesday, different specials every night, and reasonably priced drinks, including Maryland beers. It is open until 2 a.m. daily.
Ellicott Mills Brewing Company
Ellicott Mills' logo sums it up: "Great Food, Great Beer, Great Time." It brews its own beer with ingredients imported from various parts of the globe. This is a great place to get good beer, and if you're under 21, you can still come here for an amazing dinner.
What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?
Most concerts at Sonar are all-ages.
Rams Head Live!
All shows at Rams Head are all-ages, unless specifically indicated.
Fish Head Cantina
Students only need to be 18 to enter. Thursday is college night, which is when UMBC students usually go. The DJ is reasonably good, and everyone comes to have a good time.